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By Sarah Ruhl

Named one of many "Ten top performs of 2008" via The New Yorker

“Sarah Ruhl’s daring, artistic, and ironic triptych [is] a meditation on devotion and its appropriation by way of the country. . . . Ruhl is an unique; a storyteller with a great brain evolving her personal theatrical idiom.”—John Lahr, The New Yorker

“It’s a distinct type of morality play . . . a regularly wondrous paintings . . . with [Ruhl’s] personal detailed lyrical combination of poetry, humor and grace.”—Frank Rizzo, Variety

Passion Play is Sarah Ruhl’s “biggest, such a lot formidable attempt but” (The ny Times), a three-and-a-half hour intimate epic, plunging the depths of the well timed intersection of politics and faith. Ruhl dramatizes a group of gamers rehearsing their annual staging of the Easter ardour in 3 varied eras: 1575 northern England, in advance of Queen Elizabeth outlaws the ritual; 1934 Oberammergua, Bavaria, as Hitler is emerging to strength; and Spearfish, South Dakota, from the time of Vietnam via Reagan’s presidency. In every one interval, the avid gamers grapple in numerous methods with the transformative nature of paintings, and politics are by no means a long way within the heritage, as Queen Elizabeth, Hitler, and Reagan each one seem, performed through a unmarried commanding actor.

Sarah Ruhl’s performs contain Dead Man’s cellphone Phone, Eurydice, and The fresh House, which was once nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her paintings has been broadly produced either through the state and across the world, and he or she is the recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.

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She issues to his privates. Then she issues to the snake. 70 ◆ ardour PLAY ◆ john in order that God won't see our privates and stare we will hide ourselves with fig leaves For we're bare and naked. village fool in order that God won't see our privates and stare we will hide ourselves with fig leaves For we're bare— and all naked! John covers himself with a fig leaf. He then covers the Village fool with a fig leaf. without warning, the arriving of Queen Elizabeth’s courtiers, performed through the Carpenters. Trumpets. Fanfare. A murmur is going throughout the viewers. courtiers The Queen has blessed your little city along with her presence. A louder murmur is going throughout the viewers. Queen Elizabeth walks onto the degree, waving. The avid gamers bow their heads low to the floor. the queen My loving humans. are you aware, after they position me in my golden coffer, what they'll locate? they're going to scrape at my face with a jeweled penknife, and they're going to become aware of layer upon layer of white paint. A wall of paint as thick as this joint, in my thumb. they are going to be shocked. they'll open their eyes extensive. they don't know that Queens don't wash, and that Queens are obliged to color their faces in order that Queens don't seem to become older or gruesome. i don't wish the gravediggers to scrape white paint off the lifeless faces of my topics. i would like my topics to stay fresh. fresh and sincere and dependable to the crown. i don't wish my topics to impersonate the holy determine of Christ. Did Christ paint his face? seventy one ◆ SARAH RUHL ◆ No! Such issues are unholy. If any individual in England is noticeable with a painted face, assuming the individual of a holy determine on a level, i'll have them beheaded. instantly. courtiers The Queen has spoken. She turns to head. The gamers elevate their heads a little to observe her pass. The Queen strikes to go out. She stops in her tracks. the queen Is any condominium during this village concealing a clergyman? My topics may still be at liberty to admit all in their sins to me. nobody speaks. She walks between her humans, slowing as she walks prior the vacationing Friar. HAS somebody during this VILLAGE something to admit? nobody speaks. strong. I’ll have my courtiers seek your homes. simply to ensure. The Queen exits along with her entourage to loud fanfare. The gamers are silent. They go out, one after the other, gathering their props. seventy two SCENE 25: JOHN THE FISHERMAN’S KITCHEN john the place will you cross? vacationing friar To France. until eventually it really is secure for monks in England—when a bastard head of nation is severed from its physique. john I don’t comprehend you, strong Friar. traveling friar sturdy. after they come, asking questions, you could say really: I’ve no concept. I merely made the fellow a few eggs. Do you could have whatever to admit earlier than i am going? john possibly there's something. i think I cherished it a bit too good, taking part in the function of Christ. seventy three ◆ SARAH RUHL ◆ traveling friar God be with you. john And with you. seventy four SCENE 26: town sq. The Director, chippie 1, chippie 2, Pontius, Mary 2, the Machinist and the Village fool. one after the other, the gamers hand of their costumes to the Director.

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